Few destinations are as much like a storybook as Germany—especially when you’re on an epic road trip.
The country is filled with roads that wind through the land, with over 100 routes traversing the picturesque villages and countryside. With castles and flowing rivers, mountain peaks and beautiful towns, it’s straight out of a fairytale.
And it doesn’t stop there. Even the names of the roads lend themselves to this storybook theme. Next time you pack up and hit the road in Germany, consider these three routes that make for exciting and romantic road trips.
The Romantic Road
Located in the southern part of the country, the Romantic Road runs from Würzburg to Füssen—350 kilometers or 220 miles. Formulated in the 1950s as a way to stimulate tourism, the culture and scenery along the route really does lend itself to a romantic atmosphere full of canals, lakes and sweeping meadows.
Start in historic Würzburg as you wind south past the medieval cities of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Dinkelsbühl and Nördlingen. Also a part of the tour, Neuschwanstein Castle and the Alps provide a chance for visitors to tour a castle. You’ll end up in Füssen, an adorable Bavarian town with mountains in the distance.
The Castle Road
If your image of a storybook road trip is one filled with expansive German castles, the Castle Road is the route for you. You’re bound to have a magical experience with more than 70 castles along the way.
The road starts in southwestern Germany in Mannheim with Mannheim Palace, a Baroque castle that hosts tours and devotes part of the building to the local university. The entire route runs 1,000 kilometers—more than 600 miles—before ending over the border of the Czech Republic in Prague. Other notable castles include Heidelberg Castle, Nuremberg Castle and, of course, Prague Castle.
The Fairytale Road
Not as long as the Castle Road, but longer than the Romantic Road, the Fairytale Road runs from Hanau in the central part of Germany to Bremen in the north, allowing you to cover many different parts of the country between the three roads. The road gets its name because it features many destinations relevant to the lives of Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm. People around the world are familiar with their tales.
Along the way, visit Hanau, where the brothers were born, and Steinau, their childhood home. They studied at Marburg, also along the route, and visitors can also spot Little Red Riding Hood land from Alsfeld to Fritzlar and Bad Wildungen, Snow White’s village. The picturesque and historic nature of the route just enhances the experience.
Getting Ready to Go
Next time you’re planning a road trip in Germany, make sure you have plenty of space in the car. You can ensure there is room to be comfortable by enlisting the help of a cargo hitch carrier to keep your luggage safe and sound atop the car.
Packing for these types of road trips require one very important thing—a camera. Before you head out, make sure your memory card has plenty of space so you can capture the romantic trip. You’ll be impressed by so much of what you see—from stunning viewpoints to even the most minute details.
Another thing you’ll want to bring along is a physical map. The map will ensure you stay on the right route and find your way back if you get lost. Happy travels!
Travelling by motorcycle is a feeling unlike any other—the wind in your hair, the rumble of the bike between your legs, sights whizzing by.
While there are plenty of reasons to travel, there are some very specific benefits of travelling like a bike bandit.
The Sense of Adventure is Indescribable
There are so many reasons to explore via motorcycle, but one of the greatest is the sense of adventure you feel. As the world flies by around you, it’s hard to contain the adrenaline coursing through your blood. And what is travelling about if not adventure?
It’s Incredibly Convenient
When travelling by car, there’s a lot to consider—especially if you’re planning on heading overseas.
Foreign lands are always easier to navigate atop a set of wheels. While car rentals are available nearly anywhere you dare to venture, they can get expensive. They’re also very difficult to transport, if you plan to take your own.
Motorcycles, on the other hand, offer a great alternative. They’re cheaper to rent, but they’re also easier to bring with. Take them wherever you go to enhance your adventure. All you need is a helmet and you’re ready to go.
You Have the Freedom to Go Anywhere
Exploring by car gives you some freedom, but nothing like you’ll feel atop a motorcycle.
Their slim bodies and small frames ensure that slipping into smaller spaces is easier than ever. Aside from being able to take it nearly everywhere, travelling by motorcycle allows visitors to get deeper into their surroundings. There’s nothing better than really exploring your travel destinations and finding treasures that the everyday traveller never gets to see.
The Experience is a Thrill
Travelling is all about the experiences, but sometimes the way you get there is an experience as well. Planes, trains and bicycles make for exciting travels, but there is another way to see the world that provides an equal thrill.
Riding a motorcycle on the open road is an experience in and of itself. Between the wind in your hair, the roar of the engine and the chance to take in local smells, you get a thrilling sensory experience.
In a car, you’re experiencing the world from inside a box. You watch through the windows as the sights and sounds slide by around you, but you’re not truly a part of it. You’re just passing through.
Instead, immerse yourself in the surroundings. Whether you’re arriving at your final destination or zipping between cities, the time you spend on a motorcycle is unobstructed by car windows and comfy cushions.
You’ll find you pay much more attention to the beauty you’re passing by and see more of the in-between than you would otherwise. It’s like walking, but much, much faster.
It’s a Great Way to Meet New Friends
Travelling by motorcycle is a wonderful way to meet new people. And guess what? Your new friends are bound to have the same interests as you! The biking community is a welcoming one, ensuring that you’ll have plenty to talk about.
Experiences had with these friends, or even with those you already knew before the trip, can produce stories that last a lifetime. While your adventure may come to an end, it will live on through the stories you tell and the memories you’ve made for years to come.
Luxury is almost guaranteed when it comes to Caribbean travel. This region offers some of the finest islands in the world. Windswept white sands, palm trees swaying side-to-side, vibrant turquoise waters and spectacular hotels overlooking it all. What more could you ask for?
While all of these islands offer deluxe experiences, these six islands are a step above the rest when it comes to Caribbean luxury vacations.
1. The Bahamas
Technically, there is more than one island in the Bahamas that is perfect for a high-class experience. Whether you choose to stay on New Providence, Grand Bahama Island, Eleuthera, the Exumas or one of the many others, you’re sure to enjoy your stay.
Take a helicopter tour of the area by day then head out on a yacht at night or hit the local beachside bars. Guests will also enjoy adventure activities like swimming with sharks, getting up close with stingrays and exploring caves and blue holes.
A lesser-known island in the West Indies, Antigua is especially stunning. It’s deep teal water and island greenery make for unbelievable views—and photos.
While the beaches are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing and horseback riding, the island has an underlying culture that enriches each and every visitor. From the Anglican cathedral of St. John the Divine to the historic sugar plantations and mills, there is a lot to see.
There are also many small islets offshore that make Antigua a huge boating, fishing and sailing destination. Consider staying on 300-acre Jumby Bay, a private island where you’ll find quiet, expansive villas to rent.
3. St. Thomas
St. Thomas is part of the Virgin Islands, making them a territory of the United States. But you definitely won’t feel like you’re in the U.S. as you explore this history-filled island.
Get back to the island’s roots with visits to Blackbeard’s Castle, a famous watchtower built in the 1600s, and Fort Christian, which has been converted into a local history museum. There are also five historic churches on St. Thomas.
Don’t forget to check out the island’s activities: diving, snorkeling, shopping, a marine park with animal encounters and one of the best golf courses in the world. There is also a Skyride attraction that lifts visitors 700 feet above Charlotte Amalie for panoramic views.
4. Turks and Caicos
Seven main islands make up Turks and Caicos, a Caribbean gem that has some of the best beaches and coral reefs around.
Tourism isn’t a major part of this country (yet) so you’re less likely to find crowds on the beaches and modern towns. Instead, relax on your Turks and Caicos luxury vacation and explore the historic villages. You’ll feel as if you’ve been transported back in time.
Make sure to go diving or snorkeling along the reefs, but there is plenty else to do as well. Head to the top of a local lighthouse to spot whales frolicking below, get a town on the powdery white sand beaches or explore the caves on Middle Caicos. There are also museums to visit as well as a 200-year-old cotton plantation and the only conch farm on earth.
5. Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is one of those places where you find adventure around every turn. We’re talking adventure parks, off-roading, ziplining through the rainforest, horseback riding, cave exploration and scuba diving with sharks.
Those looking to explore less and relax more have that option too. Whether you want to spend the day at the golf course, snorkel with colorful fish or sunbathe on a catamaran, the options in the Dominican Republic really are endless.
Quality vacation rentals can be found everywhere from Punta Cana and Playa Grande to Cabrera and Cap Cana.
The British territory of Anguilla is another island known for its luxurious beaches. But it also happens to have a huge variety.
Beaches like Shoal Bay East, Rendezvous Bay and Meads Bay offer guests a chance to relax, sip drinks in the sun or partake in water activities like swimming and snorkeling. Though stunning, these are your typical tourist beaches. For something a little different, visit Sandy Ground, where you can dine along the sand or experience some stellar nightlife.
For some seclusion, Little Bay and Sandy Island both offer unique experiences. Little Bay is hard to reach, but it is also very small—you’ll feel lost in paradise on its shores. Sandy Island, though not on the mainland, is a little spit of sand that will give you that castaway feeling all day long.
What other islands should be on this list? Share your experiences!
Airports are not considered part of the vacation. To many they have one function and that is to be the place where you board the flight to your intended destination. Yet we argue that airports should be considered an important part of your vacation whether it is the beginning, a layover, or the end of your trip. With a bit of research the airport part of your trip can be an interesting, productive and dare we say it a fun part of your vacation.
The monsoon rains continued to fall hard flooding gutters, soaking shoes and sending pedestrians hurrying indoors for shelter. The waters had now risen to nearly 15 cm and covered the wheels of the waiting Tuk-Tuk’s which were now effectively stranded. The deluge had cleared the streets and even the ever busy queue for the Taj Mahal had now reduced to only a handful of hardy, determined tourists huddled beneath umbrellas and cloaked in ponchos.
Budget airlines pushing cheap flights have made it easier than ever for travellers to jet set & country hop. This is of course a wonderul thing. I myself reap the benefits of this trend and have seen far more of the world than I would otherwise have been able to.
However, there is something special, adventurous and plain romantic about a proper overland trip where you can watch the landscapes change and pass through the tiny towns that are hardly even on the maps. Oh and let’s face it, airports truly suck, they have all the personality of elevators but at a ridiculous price.
In tribute to this concept here are our Top Seven Great Overland Trips.
Til death us do part? Not quite yet…
So your best friend has met the love of his life, is ready to renounce his wild bachelor lifestyle and become an honest man yeah?
But there is still time for one last hurrah, for one big, final party that will send him off into marital bliss satisfied that he had his share of fun and will provide him with treasured, golden memories for those years of married life ahead.
These days backpacking is more popular than ever and has become pretty much a rite of passage that every millennial has to do at some point before they reach 30.
Many countries now have a pretty robust backpacking infrastructure in place with hostels, hangouts, and well-established trails. Thailand and Australia, of course, remain firm favourites and remain the obvious starting point for countless scores of backpackers.
But what about the rest of the world? The countries, routes and places that are not so well established? Well, there is far more to this big wide world and adventure can be found at every turn.
Here are 7 countries you never considered backpacking in.